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Samardzija plays before smaller crowds in minors

Updated: July 21, 2006, 5:03 PM ET
Associated Press

EVERETT, Wash. -- This visit was very different from Jeff Samardzija's previous trip to the Puget Sound area, when he wore a Notre Dame uniform and raced past defensive backs at Husky Stadium.

This time, Samardzija wore the red, blue and gray of the Boise Hawks, pitching before 1,472 fans in a stadium owned by the local school district, where a sign on the hand-operated scoreboard in right-center field read "Hit the sign -- win a suit."

This certainly wasn't ...

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